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Bill B
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Better cartridge for up to $500?

Is there cartridge that would IMPROVE upon the Sumiko Blue Point #2, for not more than $500?  I'm wondering if the Dynavector 10x5 would do it.  I would like more guts and dimensionality (words that may not specifically help, I know!)

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If you have a good MC phono stage the

Audio-Technica AT-OC9/III for $500 from LP Gear will give you all the guts and dimensionality you can bear. Otherwise, the Dynavector 10x5 would be significantly better than the Sumiko. 

Bill B
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Thanks jackfish. Wish one could audition cartridges but that's essentially impossible. One must depend on reviews and recommendations and I appreciate yours. I have a phono stage (Pro-Ject Phono Box S) which is adequate and can handle low output mc's like the AT. But the Dynavector output would give me a lower noise floor I reckon

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I have a Dyna 10x5 and a

I have a Dyna 10x5 and a Denon DL301 mk2 and the Denon wins hands down. The Dyna is like Art Dudley says; fun and chunky. The Denon displays more detail, and is a great all rounder. Great bass, more "there" quality, if you will.

Cheers, Doug

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My next cart

will be Soundsmith Ottelo

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The Clearaudio Performer V2 Ebony is $400. I recommend that.

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I too I have both a denon 301

I too I have both a denon 301 mk2 and a dynavector 10x5 . I also prefer the Denon. I recently picked up the Denon as a b stock for $258.00. Great catridge for the price. I just searched and it still shows b stock available at the same price.

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